Therapydia SF physical therapist Greg Ohanessian takes some time to talk about his love of smoked meats, completing his OMPT residency, and the importance of compassion in the PT profession.
“Everything in moderation. Too much or too little of one thing can be detrimental and this applies to all areas of life!”
When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?
I knew I wanted to be a PT while laying on a treatment table getting my own shoulder therapy back when I was 16 years old. As I gradually felt my shoulder feel better after a football injury, I saw the power of improving mobility and movement to improve life!
What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?
Outside the Fire -Garth Brooks
What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?
The biggest challenge as a PT was completing my Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Residency through the Ola Grimsby Institute. It included 1 year of deep learning of all anatomy, joint function, pathophysiology, examination procedures and manual therapy techniques. It concluded with a practical test in front of judges. The extra post doctorate year of study has helped me improve my evaluation skills to accurately diagnose musculoskeletal issues and optimally treat my patients.
How do you like to stay active?
I like to take urban hikes with my family, golf and jump on my Peleton!
What surprised you the most about the physical therapist profession?
How under utilized we are as a profession. PT’s unique skill sets to diagnose and provide optimal solutions to musculoskeletal problems are an asset to our communities. I plan to change the publics’ perception of PT and improve access to PT.
Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?
I am planning on completing my Titliest Performance Institute certifications to become a level 3 Medical profession for Golfers.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
I start my day early so……Coffee!
What do you wish everyone knew about PT? / What is the biggest misconception you hear from new patients?
Patient’s never know that they can come and see us before there is an injury to keep injuries away.
What is the most important personality trait that a PT must have?
What do you do to de-stress/unwind?I like to BBQ and smoke meats and enjoy a nice glass of wine!
Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…
Pushing strollers around San Francisco or at sporting events.
What is your favorite piece of wellness advice to offer?
A man’s worth is measured with intellectual dexterity and physical vitality.
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